General John J. Pershing Medal (reverse)

  • Anthony de Francisci, General John J. Pershing Medal (reverse), 1946, gilded white metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate, 1966.110.44

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Congress commissioned this medal by Anthony de Francisci to honor General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing (1860-1948). Pershing served as commander of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. Legislators took so long to pass the bill authorizing the commemoration that Pershing passed away before the medal could be struck. The reverse of the medal shows a flaming sword of victory surrounded by the inscription: “Awarded by act of Congress August 7, 1946. In recognition of his devotion to his country.”

Title
General John J. Pershing Medal (reverse)
Artist
Date
1946
On View
Dimensions
4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate

Mediums
Mediums Description
gilded white metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – element – fire
  • Object – weapon – sword
Object Number
1966.110.44
Palette
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